Debates and Late Show with @StrongTowns #CNU23

EVENT: Friday Night @ Grand Ballroom during CNU.

NextGen Debates are returning to their edgy roots.

Loud music: check.
Audience voting: check.
Snarky panel: check.

It’s a hardcore mashup of Oxford Debating meets American Idol hosted by NextGen’r Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns. We need contestants to debate the following propositions:

1) In the United States today, cities should be using height limits to improve their development pattern
2) Auto-based New Urbanism was a mistake
3) Sprawl Retrofit is a pleasant concept, but is not a viable solution to widespread sprawl

If you would like to be in the debates, nominate yourself by emailing Chuck at and letting him know which proposition you want in on and whether you support or oppose it. Only two of the three will be chosen so make your case to be one of the contestants.

See also:



Second Annual Rookie Developers Breakfast #CNU23

Event during CNU.

Second Annual Rookie Developers Breakfast #CNU23

A gathering of developers and aspiring developers interested in building smaller scale/incremental urban projects. Rookies, come and find a mentor, expand your network, and reduce your learning curve! Seasoned developers, come and help rookies avoid your mistakes.

Friday – Location TBA – Stay Tuned.

Download the Full NextGen Schedule here.

Cards Against Urbanity #CNU23

Event: Cards Against Urbanity Game Night. Check schedule (below download) for updates.

A new game is sweeping the New Urbanist community, Cards Against Urbanity. Join the creators – GreaterPlaces and DoTankDC – to play a few rounds and test your urban vocabulary. Cards Against Urbanity pokes fun at planners, architects, and urbanists in a less offensive but still hilariously irreverent spin on Cards Against Humanity, “the party game for horrible people.”

Adolphus Lobby. 2pm & onwards.

Download the Full NextGen Schedule here.

The Run! #CNU23

Event: 7am-8am! Meet in front of Adolphus Hotel. Check schedule for more details.

Experience Dallas at street level. Join Victor Dover and John Simmerman on a morning run around town! This no-drop run will be no more than 4 miles, and will get you back to the hotel in plenty of time for morning sessions. If you’d like to join and casually bike alongside, BYOBike. 7am-8am! Meet in front of Adolphus Hotel.

Also, don’t drink too much at the Pub Crawl or this will be a difficult event.

Download the Full NextGen Schedule here.

Pub Crawl #CNU23 #CNUNextGen

Wednesday! Pub Crawl.

A CNU tradition! Make new friends and catch up with the old ones on the annual NextGen pub crawl. We’ll start at Deep Ellum Brewing Company and make our way through Deep Ellum. Bring cash to make things quicker!


  • 8:00 @ Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
  • 9:00 @ Cold Beer Co.
  • 10:00 @ Twilite
  • 11:00 @ Anvils

Download the Full NextGen Schedule here.

Street Art Photo Safari #CNU23 #CNUsafari

As you explore Dallas this week, snap photos of street art you come across. Tag the photos on Twitter or Instagram with #CNUsafari

Use hashtag #CNUsafari

Download the Full NextGen Schedule here.

Design Workshop with High Schoolers #CNU23

Saturday: Elm St Storefront from Noon to 4pm

Help educate the NEXT NextGen. The Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Texas – Arlington will hold an urban design workshop with local high school students. The workshop will include a presentation, walking tour of Deep Ellum, and group activity. CNU attendees are invited to participate by giving a presentation on an element of New Urbanism, or by casually assisting with the walking tour. Email if you’d like to be involved.

Download the Full NextGen Schedule here.

GreaterPlaces Launch Party Feat. Transect-ual Fashion Show

GreaterPlaces Launch Party Featuring the Transect-ual Fashion Show

Join the groups that brought you Cards Against Urbanity – GreaterPlaces and DoTankDC – for a night of learning and fun. You already know that streets in T-3 look different than streets in T-6…but have you ever thought about the appropriate shoes for each? At the Transect-ual Fashion Show, you’ll learn about the transect in a whole new way and discover a great new online resource for your planning needs called Greater Places (the Houzz for Urban Design).

Thursday Night – TBD – Deep Ellum Bar – 7pm. Fashion Show at 8:30pm.

Download the Full NextGen Schedule here.